What are Customs Penalties and Fines For? Importing is a privilege that Customs can revoke. It can be revoked for repeated violations, penalties, or fines for any of the three levels of offenses (and sometimes for just a single violation of a major offense). Those three levels are: negligence (the failure to use reasonable care)gross negligence (with actual knowledge or wanton disregard)fraud (voluntary and intentional actions) Cus [...]

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“Have you taken reliable measures to ensure imported goods are not produced wholly or in part with convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor (including forced or indentured child labor)?” This is the basic question CBP asks in their revised version of the Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) – “Reasonable Care” – a revision brought about by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). This Act was [...]

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Summary Over the past three years in particular, steamship lines have come under scrutiny for billing and shipping practices, from detention and demurrage charges to powerful alliances and export procedures. The Federal Maritime Commission has been at the center of many of these conversations, as it handles complaints against ocean carriers and is the subject of the proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022. In this article, we break dow [...]

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Summary Union negotiations for 29 West Coast ports (affecting roughly 22,000 workers) began on May 10th. Here’s what we know about this year’s proceedings as well as possible ramifications later in the summer. Negotiations are between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Authority (PMA), who have issued a joint statement stating their intent to reach a beneficial agreement: “Our goal is to w [...]

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